COVID-19 has upended the way many of us work. Home is often also the office these days and professional travel has been reduced to a minimum. But how has the pandemic affected preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacebuilding, work that frequently requires shuttling from one place to another for face-to-face discussions? As COVID-19 was cutting a deadly path across many parts of the world last March, Secretary-General António Guterres issued an appeal for a global ceasefire to allow parties in conflict to lay down their weapons and focus on tackling the pandemic. Following that call, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, among other things, scrambled to help find new ways for UN Special Envoys and Representatives to engage with conflict parties to encourage them to move towards ceasefires. In its latest update on the use of voluntary contributions from UN member States, the Department lists different ways COVID-19 has affected its work and that of some of the special political missions it oversees, and what has been done to adapt to the extraordinary circumstances created by the pandemic.